With idyllic coastal landscapes, turquoise blue waters and picturesque palm trees, Florida is full of year-round destinations with scenic backdrops that are Instagram-able. From state parks and natural springs to tropical gardens and beautiful beaches, Florida is considered a photographer’s dream. Whip out your camera and get ready to boost your social media presence at these 13 Instagram-worthy spots in Florida.
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Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin (Nearby Hotels)
You can’t beat the sun-kissed beaches at Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, as this Gulf Coast gem boasts white powdery sand, emerald waters and a lack of tourist crowds. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped off the grid at this slice of paradise, where its unspoiled beauty is perfect for photography. Snap a few Instagram shots, then dig your toes in the sand along the three miles of pristine coastline and soak up the coastal breeze.
Sanibel Island (Nearby Hotels)
Known as the “Shelling Capital of the World”, Sanibel Island is a great place to snap a few photos for your social media accounts. Here you’ll discover an array of colorful treasures washed up ashore, as the island’s banana-like shape allows it to catch over 300 species of shells from the Caribbean. Perfect pastel coquinas combined with Sanibel’s pristine Gulf Coast beaches and swaying palms makes it pretty photogenic.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (Nearby Hotels)
Known for its Old Florida attraction with an underwater mermaid show, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park offers a beautiful landscape of 72-degree crystal clear springs. Snap a shot of the impressive underwater mermaids performing “The Little Mermaid”, then step outside to spend a day swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the 538-acre oasis. There’s also a waterpark with slides that feed into Buccaneer Bay.
Naples Pier, Naples (Nearby Hotels)
Catch a beautiful sunset next to the pier in Naples to capture an impressive show put on by Mother Nature. Admire the Gulf of Mexico views against the white sandy beach and beautiful pier that creates a postcard-perfect image of the Sunshine State. Capture the array of glittering golds, yellows and pinks highlighting the sky as the day closes at this laid-back coastal gem. *This pier is undergoing rebuilding after damage from hurricane Irma. Check with local visitor’s sites before visiting.
Wynwood Walls, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
While Miami’s Ocean Drive and Art Deco buildings serve as the city’s postcard image, it’s Wynwood Walls that takes the cake as the most Instagram-friendly hotspot. This Insta-favorite is decked with striking graffiti art that spans the entire arts district of Wynwood. Admire the murals and masterpieces created by artists from around the world, then visit Panther Coffee for craft coffee and latte art.
Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River (Nearby Hotels)
Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River is not only one of Florida’s most beloved natural attractions, but it is also the largest winter refuge for West Indian manatees. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities at the five natural springs on the 57-acre natural oasis, where its possible to swim, kayak or canoe near the manatees on a scheduled tour as long as you mind your “Manatee Manners”.
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales (Nearby Hotels)
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of citrus trees in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens offers a variety of Instagram hotspots in its 250-acre National Historic Landmark. It’s one of the most visually stunning and enchanting subtropical gardens in Florida, where you can discover a 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, a 1930’s Mediterranean-style mansion and an array of gardens filled with azaleas, magnolias and gordonias.
Everglades National Park (Nearby Hotels)
A quintessential Florida experience, you can’t leave the Sunshine State without snapping a few photos of the fiercest residents in the Everglades National Park. Explore the subtropical wilderness and marvel at the rare and endangered species on an airboat ride. See the alligator-filled swamps up close by venturing through the Anhinga Trail or climbing the 65-foot observation tower in Shark Alley.
Lightner Museum, St. Augustine (Nearby Hotels)
While St. Augustine is full of historic landmarks that are picture-perfect, its the Lightner Museum that sits in the top spot as the most Instagram-worthy. Admire its ornate exterior and its Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture, then stroll through the tropical courtyard. Housed in the former Alcazar Hotel that dates back to 1888, step inside to discover an elegant lobby in addition to 19th-century art, Tiffany & Co. glass and Victorian-era antiques.
Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Sarasota (Nearby Hotels)
A 20-acre waterfront property in Sarasota, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion served as the winter home for circus owner John Ringling. It features a beautiful Renaissance courtyard and is lined with classical statues of Michelangelo’s David and a colorful rose garden. Sit under a canopy of Banyan trees and snap photos of its beautiful architecture and tropical grounds that offer stunning views of Sarasota Bay.
Dry Tortugas National Park (Nearby Hotels)
A park that’s only accessible by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park features seven small islands dotted across its open water. Snap a shot of Fort Jefferson sitting against the crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life swimming by. This Instagram-worthy slice of tropical paradise is unique due to its remote location and is a great place for a day of swimming and snorkeling.
Blue Springs State Park, Orange City (Nearby Hotels)
Florida might be home to more than 700 natural freshwater springs, but Blue Springs State Park in Orange City is one of the best. Not only is it a manatee refuge, but the 2,600-acre park also boasts forested banks and pale blue waters that are sure to be a hit on social media. Take a dip in the quarter mile of swimming perfection and soak up the unspoiled natural landscapes.
Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest (Nearby Hotels)
For outdoor photography, it doesn’t get better than Ocala National Forest with its 360,000 acres of scenic hiking trails and natural wonders. Its landscapes are dotted with pine forests, gum swamps and cypress trees, with over 100 miles of natural habitats to explore in the world’s largest scrub forest. Hike to Juniper Springs to capture the emerald waters with a backdrop of the lush foliage.